You don’t just ask this question straight out.
You ask yourself, and you pick up the answer by sensitively and attentively listening to the person’s story. Any reports of concentration difficulties, memory changes, mood alterations, sleep disturbances…others?
The same biology (neuroimmune, endocrine and other systems) that underpins persistent pain can also powerfully effect memory and learning.
No flow charts, algorithms or ready made answers here – be ready to adapt and individualise your educational intervention for the person in front of you. Go back and check understanding (theirs and yours), acknowledge, keep listening, be interested in the individual’s whole story.
Knowledge Driving Health